DEVELOPING STORY: All NYPD officers have been ordered to report to work in uniform on the so-called “Day of Jihad.”
Additionally, the department activated its Joint Operations Center (JOC) at its Manhattan headquarters in anticipation of possible mayhem.
A former leader of Hamas is calling on Muslims worldwide to “show anger” and “send a message of rage to Zionists and America.
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The Middle East Media Research Institute reports that Hamas issued a statement designating the upcoming Friday, October 13, 2023, as a day of general mobilization for the ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ operations. In the statement, it urged Palestinians in the West Bank and within Israel to participate in large-scale rallies and confront Israeli soldiers at every opportunity.”
“We declare next Friday, ‘The Friday of the Al-Aqsa Flood,’ as a day of general mobilization in our Arab and Islamic world and among the free people of the world. It is a day to rally support, offer aid, and participate actively. It is a day to expose the crimes of the occupation, isolate it, and foil all its aggressive schemes. It is a day to demonstrate our love for Palestine, Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa. It is a day for sacrifice, heroism, and dedication, and to earn the honor of defending the first Qibla of Muslims, the third holiest mosque, and the ascension of the trusted Messenger,” the statement reads.
The NYPD released the following message: “All uniformed members of the service are to perform duty in the uniform of the day – effective immediately and until further notice, all uniformed members of the service, in every rank, will perform duty in the uniform of the day and be prepared for deployment.”
A number of Jewish schools around the nation have decided to cancel classes.
New York Gov. Hochul told parents it was a “personal choice” if they wanted to keep their children home from school on Friday.
“I understand the very human desire to protect your family and your kids. With that information going on, it’s something everybody will individually have to decide,” she said.
Oren Segal, the vice president of the ADL Center on Extremism, told NBC News such calls of rage are common in the Middle East but now they are becoming more common here.
“Right now, we’re concerned about the vulnerability of the Jewish community, and the possibility of violence targeting the community,” he said. “We’re seeing how white supremacists online are glorifying what happened in Israel. We are also seeing organization on the left at rallies and other events who justify and celebrate that violence as well.”